Dr. Timothy Paulitz is a Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS Wheat Health, Genetics and Quality Research Unit in Pullman, WA. since 2000. Prior to that, he was an assistant and associate professor at Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Quebec from 1989 to 2000. He also had postdoctoral positions at USDA-ARS, Corvallis, OR and Colorado State University. He received his PhD in plant pathology from the University of California, Riverside in 1984. His research focus is on fungal and nematode root diseases of wheat, barley and other rotation crops, with an emphasis on Rhizoctonia, Pythium, Fusarium and Heterodera. He has also worked extensively on root diseases in direct-seed cropping systems. In the last 11 years, he has investigated the bacterial and fungal communities in the soil and roots of wheat cropping systems using next-generation DNA sequencing. He has investigated how farming practices such as direct seeding, herbicide use, and fertilizer may affect broad microbial communities, including beneficial microbes.
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